Avengers: Marvel’s latest film hulk-smashes expectations

Toward the end of my first year at Loras College, I was racing to marathon “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Iron Man 2” and “Thor” before “The Avengers” debuted at Mindframe Theater. Now I am graduating this month and the second Avengers film swooped in and saved the day from my senior stress. I didn’t bother marathoning this time as it would take days to watch every movie leading up to “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” This film continued Marvel Studio’s streak of never disappointing me. In the second installment of the Avengers assembling on the big screen, America’s heroes struggle to take down Ultron, an artificial intelligence created by the Avengers’ very own Tony Stark and Bruce Banner.

This superhero flick differs much from the previous as it is not the team’s first night on the town together. The team continues to struggle to see eye to eye as their greatest attempt to save the world awaits. This film humanizes these heroes; it shows their true emotions and raises the question of why they continue to fight an ongoing war against the evils of this world. A surprise budding love story also blindsides the viewer as a side plot. Another pleasant surprise was Jeremy Renner’s role as Hawkeye. His storyline is arguably the most fascinating as he was sidelined and under mind control for much of the first Avengers movie three years ago.

The film also tells a story of artificial intelligence and weighs in on the positives and negatives that could come from it. Technology is advancing at an exponential rate. Watching this movie and thinking about it in terms of the real world actually terrified me. Ultron posed a semi-realistic threat for the future of mankind. He also made the music from Pinocchio sound scary!

Overall I rate this movie equally as phenomenal as the first, and I would recommend it to any movie goer. The laughs, the cries, the fears and the fun make this possibly the best movie we will see all year (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” doesn’t come out until 2016). The Marvel Cinematic Universe has connected harmoniously and is really developing these characters well. Up next is Paul Rudd in “Ant Man,” then, we will see “Captain America Civil War” where Iron Man and Captain America will go toe to toe with the continuing conflict between the Avengers’ team. Stop what you’re doing right now and make plans to head on down to AMC or Mindframe and WATCH.

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